Persian Pub Grub, Whoopie Pies, Pig Galore & More

Persian Pub Grub

Leave it to Iranian-born Chef Hoss Zare to reinterpret pub food with bold Persian flavors.

Tonight through Saturday at 8:30 p.m., he will team with Syre Piorkowski (a “beer sommelier”) and Ryan Corbett from the Monk’s Kettle in San Francisco to present special beer and wine pairings with Persian-style pub food at his Zaré at Flytrap in San Francisco.

Because pub grub doesn’t really exist in Iran, Chef Zare promises a most memorable meal, including sumac couscous salad with Dungeness crab; and chicken wings “Fessenjoon” with pomegranate walnut sauce. Each of five dishes will be paired with a different beer, and sometimes alongside a wine, as well.

Price is $75 per person, which includes the wine and beer. For reservations, call (415) 243-0580.

Time for Whoopie Pies

That would be gourmet ones from Marché in Menlo Park, which will be sold at the restaurant June 4-5.

The housemade fudge cookie sandwiches with marshmallow fluff filling will sell for $5 for a four-pack, with a percentage of profits going to the “Green Thumbs” student gardening club at Encinal Elementary School in Atherton.

If you want to ensure you snag some of these treats, you can reserve them ahead by calling (650) 324-9092.

A Pig of A Time

Cochon 555, the over-the-top heritage pig cook-off, returns to San Francisco for its second year on June 6.

Top San Francisco chefs will each prepare a heritage pig from head to toe at the Fairmont in San Francisco. How’s that for a swell swine time? Participants include: Staffan Terje of Perbacco in San Francisco; Anthony Strong of Delfina Pizzerias in San Francisco; Dennis Lee of Namu in San Francisco; Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water in San Francisco; and Morgan Maki of Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco.

Guests and judges will determine the winner based on utilization, presentation and best overall flavor. The winner will go on to compete at the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 18-20.

If that weren’t enough, meat maestro Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats in San Francisco will demonstrate how to break down a whole pig.

General tickets are $125 per person; VIP tickets, which get you into the event 90 minutes earlier with a special reception at 3:30 p.m. are $200.

Fashion for a Good Cause

Enjoy a fashion show featuring looks from Banana Republic, Christopher Collins and Gymboree — and help a worthy cause for disadvantaged women, too.

Dress for Success, which helps provide professional attire and networking services to women in need, will host its annual fund-raiser, “Success: You Wear It Well,” 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 10 at the City Club of San Francisco.

The event will feature local wines, signature cocktails, and tastes from San Francisco’s finest female chefs, including Sarah Burchard of Barbacco, Jennie Lorenzo of the Fifth Floor, and Briget Batson of Gitane.

Since 1977, Dress for Success Worldwide has assisted more than 550,000 women. This event will benefit the San Francisco chapter.

Tickets are $100. Groups of four can purchase a VIP table for $500 that includes admission, reserved table during the live auction and fashion show, and four VIP goodie bags.

Fine Time for Sustainable Wines

Sip more than 100 sustainable and regional wines in one place, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 12, at the annual “Golden Glass Wine Event” at the Festival Pavillion at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

The fund-raiser for Slow Food San Francisco will feature wines from California, South America, France, Spain, Greece, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Italy, which practice “good, clean and fair” production practices.

More than three dozen Bay Area purveyers will be dishing up gourmet tastes, too, including Betelnut of San Francisco, Il Cane Rosso of San Francisco, and One Market of San Francisco.

Tickets are $70 at the door, $60 in advance, and $55 for Slow Food members.  Proceeds will benefit San Francisco’s “Slow Food in School” programs, including, school gardens, and the “Time for Lunch Campaign”; as well Slow Food USA’s “Ark of Taste” program.

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